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Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 50 countries and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 6: Why Borders are Boring

Fredrik Haren takes a trip to Belgrade Serbia and deals with the need to think outside borders.

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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 6: Why Borders are Boring

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective

Fredrik traveled to the 4 corners of the world and here is what he learned.

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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective

10 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company

Episode 4 of Fredrik Haren ON is about what Fredrik learnt from the CEO of Indo-MIM about why they working on becoming a Truly Global Company.

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Fredrik Haren ON episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company

9 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners

The 3rd episode of Fredrik Haren ON talks about developing your partners-

insights from what Fredrik learned during his talk for hotel executives in an event hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners

 

 

9 June 2014
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Get to know The Other Side

If I say Nigeria, what would you think?

Most people, I think, would say “kidnapped girls”, “terrorism”, “corruption”, “scam letters”, “poverty” or some other negative word, a nd all those descriptions could be used on Nigeria.

But I just came back from delivering two speeches in Lagos and my strongest insight from that trip is how slanted our world view becomes when we only get our news about the world from the news.

It’s like some parts of the world can only get negative news.

Yes, Nigeria has huge problems. But did you also know that the country just became the largest economy in Africa? That its 170 million (!) nationals is expected to have grown to 400 (!) million in 35 years, making it the 3rd largest country in the world? That Nigerians are a very, very, happy people?

A few years back you had to carry huge bags of cash with you if you went to Nigeria because there were no credit cards, not even ATMs. Today the ATMs are plenty (I had 3 different ones to chose from in my hotel but settled all my bills with credit card.)

A few years back the 170 million in the country had only a few hundred thousand phone lines. Now there is 20 million mobile phones, and growing fast.  The country has gone from being the world’s second largest importer of cement to being a net exporter, and so on.

Nigeria is “gloom” but also “boom”.

But we only hear about the gloom, or mostly a nd it got me thinking. When we only hear about one side of a story, we start to believe that, that is the only story there is and that limits our minds.

In his famous poem “The road not taken” Robert Frost wrote:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

I love those lines.

To take the road less traveled should be celebrated – but what truly made the difference was not that he took the road less traveled by – but that he traveled at all.

Traveling – both physical and mental traveling, as in seeing new places, new sights, new ideas – is what makes us grow. Is what makes us less close-minded. More open-minded.

And if there is anything the worlds needs right now it is more open-minded people. More people being open to new, better – and yes, different ideas.

When ever there is something that you feel strongly about – especially something you feel very negative about – question if you are really looking at from multiple perspectives. Or if your perspective could benefit from looking at the same issue from some other points of view. It usually can.

- Fredrik 

9 June 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 2

In the 2nd episode of Fredrik Haren ON,

Fredrik talks about  about the need for variation in ones life.

A week that had Fredrik see different industries, audiences, places – even seasons. 

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Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 2 The need for Variation

9 June 2014
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Seeing the 4 corners of the world as a global speaker

In a 7-day-period in may I flew from Singapore to Montreux, Switzerland to speak to fund managers from Europe. Then I flew to Jacksonville, Florida, USA to speak to accountants. And then I flew to Lagos, Nigeria to speak to clients of a big global bank. I also did a speech for medical professionals. 

I can not think of 4 places that are more different on this earth than these four places that I got to see in one week.

Here is a video of what I learnt by speaking in such different places: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU5QSYfRUt8&feature=youtu.be.

I also got to speak in Hong Kong, Singapore and Brussels. So May was, again, a truly global month for me as a speaker – which of course makes total sense since I am the author of One World. One Company – about about Truly Global Companies…

2 June 2014
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One of only 24 CSPGlobal Speakers in the world

I recently found out that I have achieved the designation of CSPGlobal. There are 10,000′s of professional speakers in the world. But less than 4,900 are members of any Speaker Association. Out of those, less than 700 are Certified Professional Speakers (CSP’s). And out of those, just 24 are CSPGlobal. I am proud to be part of the first batch of speakers who got it by passing the criteria needed set up for what it means to be a global professional speaker.

(If you want to learn how you too can become a global speaker, you can check out this speech I did a while back : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU3Rya1A9W0.)

15 May 2014
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Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1

I would like to share some short videos about the things that I learned while working with a client somewhere in the world as a global speaker.

This is video 1, about my speech at the Luxottica Asia Conference in Phuket, Thailand.

Presenting Fredrik Haren ON : Episode 1: On Looking at things differently.

Fredrik Haren ON Episode 1

2 April 2014
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A month of extremes for a Global Professional Speaker

The month of March was a month of extremes for a global professional speaker like me. 

I got to be the keynote speaker at the Global Dealer Conference for Bentley in London and I also got to speak for university students in Lithuania.

I got to speak for Swedish pub owners as well as for hotel managers in Singapore and I also got to speak for the global internet marketing team of MINI cars at a conference in Munich. 

I got to go to Bali twice. Once to speak for bankers, once to speak for the partners of Kodak Alaris.

One of the best things of being a global professional speaker is that you get to experience so many different cultures, industries and environments.

One day I got off the stage in a luxury hotel in central London to speak with a Bentley dealer from Saudi Arabia and less than 24 hours later, I was in a Hyatt Resort in Bali talking to Asian bankers.

It was also a month of extremes when it came to traveling. In 50 hours I got to see the airports of: Manila, Taipei, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, Hong Kong and then back to Manila again. But I also had more than 10 days of Paternity leave with my two kids where I did not travel at all.

global conference speaker Fredrik Haren

The Pankhurst Barbershop that Bentley had set outside their global conference where delegates could get a real british haircut. Of course I had one.

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